In February, Sigma announced a cadre of new lenses including a 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM ART and 14mm f/1.8 DG ASM ART. Sigma now has revealed prices along with the opportunity to pre-order. At reasonably competitive prices for both of these new additions to the ART line it suggests they will mimic the quality photographers have come to expect from ART lenses over the past few years.
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM ART - $1,299
The 24-70mm focal length has been a staple in most photographer's bags for many years now which makes any newcomer to this focal length particularly interesting. Following the trend started by Tamron the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 will also feature image stabilization which has been quickly becoming expected for the focal length. At a price that matches the, now older, Tamron the Sigma 24-70mm has positioned itself to be the most competitive 24-70mm on the market offering the latest in optical technology at a very aggressive price. The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM ART can be pre-ordered for both the Nikon and Canon mounts for $1,299.
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM ART - $1,599
In a market that seems to have become saturated with fast, wide primes this latest wide angle lens by Sigma likely will struggle to make a similar splash. 14mm, however, does position it as the widest Sigma ART prime overcoming the 20mm f/1.4 ART which is half the price. For many photographers the cheaper 20mm will more than meet their particular needs but for those who do need the wider focal length this new 14mm ART lens surely will turn a few heads (and open a few wallets.) The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 will be particularly compelling to astro-photographers as it is both cheaper and faster than either Canon or Nikon's 14mm offerings. Like the 24-70mm, the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM ART can be pre-ordered for both Nikon and Canon for $1,599.
How do you feel about these new lenses from Sigma? Only time will tell if they will optically meet the expectations set by the coveted ART product line. Are they lenses compelling enough for you to add them to your collection? Head down to the comments and let me know!